Re: Does "5-Out" work well against a Zone Defense?

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Posted by Hmmm... on February 26, 2020 at 11:29:54:

In Reply to: Re: Does "5-Out" work well against a Zone Defense? posted by Coach on February 26, 2020 at 10:29:34:

: : : Ive heard that 5 out works best against man defense - but ive also heard it can be used against a zone defense. Anyone have an opinion of it/? Thanks

: : There isn't really a best or worst. To me it's dependent upon your personnel (as everything should be). 5 out, for me, means I do not have much of an inside presence but I have players I can trust to make proper cuts and reads along with the skill to put the ball where it needs to go. My experience with the offense is limited personally, but I'm familiar with it and have just never had the players that I thought would make that offensive set the best option to go with.

: : I personally wouldn't do it unless my base man offense were a 5 out and my goal is to keep the same fundamentals regardless of defensive scheme. 5 out takes a lot of practice and experience to be really good, it isn't as simple as pass and cut, at least at the higher levels. To run a 5 out against zones and a different scheme against man just seems like a lot of time in practice to be used. If I wanted to have cuts through the zone then I'd go with a 4 out with a lot of the same principles, but have my 5 man flashing to the high post behind basket cuts or having the opposite wing flash high with the 5 man is on the ball side. Regardless of alignment, the goal is to get the ball into the zone's gaps.

: Many thanks for the suggestions and ideas. We dont have an inside presence - no BIG man - so we thought 5 out might work best

Even if you have a semi-skilled wing, you can still run him/her at the high post. Puts a ton of pressure on the zone if they can hit that shot or have decent passing ability.

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